The Great Famine – Part 1 & 2

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 “Great Irish Famine” redirects here. For the 1740–41 famine, see Irish Famine (1740–41).
Great Famine

The Great Famine – Part 1

The Great Famine – Part 2


an Gorta Mór

Skibbereen by James Mahony, 1847.JPG
Scene at Skibbereen during the Great Famine, by Cork artist James Mahony (1810–1879), commissioned by The Illustrated London News, 1847.
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
LocationIreland
Period1845–1852
Total deaths1 million
ObservationsPolicy failure, potato blight, Corn Laws, British Anti-Catholicism
Reliefsee below
Impact on demographicsPopulation fell by 20–25% due to mortality and emigration
ConsequencesPermanent change in the country’s demographic, political and cultural landscape
WebsiteList of memorials to the Great Famine
Preceded byIrish Famine (1740–1741)
Succeeded byIrish Famine, 1879 (An Gorta Beag)

The Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór) or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland…

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